Presented By: Dr. Owusua Yamoah, PhD, MA
At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, about 21.7 percent of American adults were food insecure, including 1 in 3 Black/African American adults compared to 1 in 6 white individuals. The association between food insecurity and negative health outcomes such as diabetes, obesity, chronic disease, and overall poor health among children and adults is one of the underlining causes of health disparities in the United States. During this same period, food banks and their partners across the country provided nearly 6 billion meals to households in need
In this presentation, we utilize food pantry use data from March to May of 2019 and 2020 to highlight spatial-temporal patterns in food needs in the Greater Cleveland area during the pandemic.
Dr. Owusua Yamoah is a postdoctoral scholar at the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health at Case Western Reserve University. Owusua holds a Ph.D. in Spatially Integrated Social Sciences from the University of Toledo. Her research is focused on promoting equitable food systems and food sovereignty in the city of Cleveland through the development of tools and resources designed to promote community engagement in local decision-making and food systems change. She adopts a participatory system modeling approach and geospatial techniques to map out the complexities and dynamics of the local food system.